How to Put a Trampoline Together By Gary Courson Posted on October 1, 2017Ordering one of the best outdoor trampolines, for kids or adults, is just the first step of your ownership of this fun product. Once it arrives, you’re going to be tasked with some assembly work.Most manufacturers include instructions with their trampolines so you can know exactly what to do. Look for the owner’s manual or separate instructional handbook with your product to locate what you are supposed to do. Some instructions are affixed to the surface of the trampoline.Once you’ve located the instructions, you’ll want to gather these tools to complete the job.A standard Philips screwdriver.An adjustable wrench.A rubber mallet.Work gloves.Some trampolines use a hex-based bolt or screw for the frame today. Look for an Allen wrench in your packaging materials. Keep the screwdriver around because you may still need to use it. If you do need an Allen wrench and one is not provided, most manufacturers will use a standard 7mm wrench.Then lay out your parts and get yourself organized. This will save you time as you follow these additional steps.Step 1: Assemble the frame.Always assemble the frame first. Every manufacturer offers a unique assembly method, so if no instructions were provided, look for YouTube videos under your trampoline brand for help.In most cases, the frame assembly is fairly basic. Just follow the instructions for each bolt or screw. Try to work clockwise around the frame to keep your bearing. Make sure each screw or bolt isn’t fully tightened until you’ve put all the components together. Then tighten everything once completed, moving around the frame in a clockwise fashion.Step 2: Attach your springs or rods.Whether you’ve purchased a spring or spring-free trampoline, the next step will be to add the support items for the trampoline surface.Instead of working in a clockwise fashion, you’ll want to attach the springs or rods in a star-based pattern. This will even out the tension of the surface as you work. Begin at the 12 o’clock position. Then move to 5 o’clock. Then move to 3 o’clock. Then 10 o’clock. And so forth. Some instruction manuals will have you attach your springs or rods in a specific manner.Most trampolines have the jumping surface already attached to the springs or rods. If not, you will need to attach the surface to the springs before attaching them to the frame.Step 3: Attach the protectors.Once you’ve attached the springs or rods, you’re ready to affix the padding or covering mats to your new trampoline. Most have you tie strings around the area requiring protection so it stays in place.Step 4: Attach the safety enclosure (optional).If your new trampoline has a safety enclosure, then affix the poles to the frame after you’ve attached the protectors. Cover the posts with any padding as necessary. Don’t forget to place the caps on the ends of each post. Remember to secure the poles before using the trampoline for the first time. Stretch the netting between the poles if necessary. It should take 30-60 minutes to assemble most trampolines. Remember to anchor your trampoline before use for the safest possible experience.